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Fifty Shades Darker

BB.5 (out of 5) You didn’t think she could stay away from all that light spanking forever, did you?  Having now gotten her dream job in publishing as assistant to a handsome editor,… Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Grey

BB (out of 5) Inexplicable success in bookstores led to this inevitable big screen adaptation of the first of E.L. James’ trilogy of books, about a love affair between a young college student… Continue reading

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The Circle

B (out of 5) Emma Watson is barely surviving in a crappy temp job when her friend calls her up and tells her that she has gotten her an interview at the Googlesque communications… Continue reading

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The Girl On The Train

BB.5 (out of 5) After her alcoholism destroys her marriage, Emily Blunt continues her downward spiral while on her daily commute, staring out the window of her train and into the home of… Continue reading

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Big Eyes

BBB (out of 5) This movie is reviewed at Magenta Magazine. USA, 2014 Directed by Tim Burton Screenplay by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel Produced by Scott Alexander, Tim Burton, Larry Karaszewski Music… Continue reading

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron

BBB (out of 5) The superhero variety bag is back, they once again have to save the world and, in an ironic twist, the villain trying to destroy humanity is their own damn… Continue reading

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The Unknown Known

BBB.5 (out of 5) Errol Morris trains his humorous and incisive lens on the career of Donald Rumsfeld, most famous (if not notorious) for his years as Secretary of Defense during the administration… Continue reading

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A Civil Action

BBB (out of 5) True story of a small law firm that takes on a giant corporation when it is suspected that a tannery has been allowing contaminants into the drinking water of… Continue reading

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Charlotte’s Web

BB.5 (out of 5) E.B. White’s novel, one of the most perfect books ever written for children, is given the big-screen treatment in this passable family film looking to take up where Babe… Continue reading

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Anywhere But Here

BB (out of 5) The presence of at least one happy scene would have done much for this overly melodramatic film about a young woman (Natalie Portman) being dragged across the country by… Continue reading

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Men In Black II

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sequel to the 1997 blockbuster hit is no better or worse than its predecessor: distractingly entertaining throughout with a minimal impression left afterwards.  Will Smith returns as the secret agent… Continue reading

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Men In Black

BBB.5 (out of 5) Illegal aliens are living in the United States, but not the kind you’d assume. Will Smith is recruited by top-secret agency official Tommy Lee Jones to help rid the… Continue reading

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

BBBB (out of 5) Awe-inspiring animation is the highlight of this excellent musical that teams Disney up with the brilliantly whacky mind of Tim Burton. The story is of Jack Skellington, a skeleton… Continue reading

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American Hustle

BB.5 (out of 5) The Abscam affair of the late seventies is reenacted in this middling comedy, one with a few laughs and some enjoyable caricatures to punctuate a slow pace and uneven… Continue reading

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Spy Kids

BBB.5 (out of 5) Parents will undoubtedly approve of this extremely enjoyable kids’ romp that features no excessive violence, foul language or scary scenes. Newcomers Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara play two regular… Continue reading

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The Gift

BBB (out of 5) Cate Blanchett is excellent as a medium in a small town who has terrifying visions of the town’s recent murder victim (Katie Holmes) and is given clues as to the… Continue reading

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Spider-Man 2

BBBB.5 (out of 5) It’s been two years since Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) was bitten by a radioactive spider and turned into the Manhattan superhero Spider-Man, and he’s still spinning webs across town keeping… Continue reading

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A Simple Plan

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Superb thriller that takes an examination of human greed to its most terrifying extreme.  Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton are brothers who, along with pal Brent Briscoe, discover a few… Continue reading

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Spider-Man

BBB.5 (out of 5) Another comic book superhero finds his way to the big screen in this amiable high-flying adventure. Perpetually adorable Tobey Maguire plays Peter Parker, a geeky high-school student with an aptitude… Continue reading

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Red Dragon

BBB (out of 5) Taking place right before the events depicted in The Silence of the Lambs, this new chapter in the fascination with Hannibal Lecter has Anthony Hopkins return in the role of… Continue reading

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Summer School

BBB (out of 5) Mark Harmon plays a gym teacher who is unwittingly roped in to teaching a summer school course in English to a bunch of underachievers. Never having taught an academic course… Continue reading

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Terminator Salvation

BBB (out of 5) The next step in the evolution of man vs. machine brings us into the future as Skynet has taken over and human beings are relegated to living as outlaws… Continue reading

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The Wolfman

BBB (out of 5) Remake of the 1941 classic starring Lon Chaney has Benicio Del Toro filling in the lead as a famous actor who returns to his ancestral home in the English countryside… Continue reading

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Proof Of Life

BB (out of 5) Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe star in this political thriller about a woman whose life is turned upside down when her engineer husband (David Morse) is kidnapped by a revolutionary army… Continue reading

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Hitchcock

BB.5 (out of 5) A prolific decade of films that saw him rise to the very top of his profession seems a punishment to Alfred Hitchcock by 1959. With North By Northwest raking… Continue reading

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army

BB.5 (out of 5) Red Lobster’s least friendly mascot is back in action, this time with an adventure that is louder and more explosive than the last time. Now heavily domestic with his… Continue reading

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Hulk

BBBB (out of 5) Thanks to continual efforts to bring comic book characters to the big screen with as much fidelity to their original source materials as is possible, the superhero genre has… Continue reading

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Good Will Hunting

BBBB (out of 5) Matt Damon plays a math genius who is hiding his light under a bushel by working odd jobs as a construction worker and janitor. Best friend Ben Affleck stands by… Continue reading

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To Die For

BBBB (out of 5) Nicole Kidman couldn’t be more electrifying in this excellent adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel, with a screenplay written by Buck Henry. She plays a raucously ambitious woman who… Continue reading

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Milk

BBBB.5 (out of 5) New York businessman Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) finds love with James Franco and decides he can live the closeted life no longer. The two of them pack up their car… Continue reading

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Frankenweenie

BBBB (out of 5) Tim Burton expands his inaugural short film into a delightful, charcoal-hued animated feature. A creative little boy with a desire to excel in science is something of a nuisance… Continue reading

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Beetlejuice

BBB (out of 5) Younger audiences will delight in this totally zany tale directed by Tim Burton; adults might find it gives them a splitting headache. Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis play a… Continue reading

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Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

BBBB (out of 5) The wackiest entertainer in children’s television gets his first big-screen adventure and it’s a wild ride of fun. It’s also the first film to get the industry’s attention on… Continue reading

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The Frighteners

BBB (out of 5) Coming on the heels of his excellent Heavenly Creatures, Peter Jackson’s Hollywood debut is a disappointment. Michael J. Fox plays a ghost buster who survives a near-death experience only to… Continue reading

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Midnight Run

BBBB (out of 5) This is a film that successfully merges action, comedy, and even a few moments of genuine drama and poignancy. The fact that it comes from the director who would… Continue reading

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The Kingdom

BBBB (out of 5) After a series of bombs and gunfire attacks are unleashed upon an American compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a group of FBI special agents in Washington whose friend was… Continue reading

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Wanted

0.5 (out of 5) You suspect you might be watching an adolescent male fantasy disguised as a movie when this one starts…and then Angelina Jolie shows up in a revealing dress and dangerous tattoos… Continue reading

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Dick Tracy

BBBB (out of 5) Warren Beatty‘s recreation of Chester Gould’s thirties comic strip is nothing short of a work of art. Working with the same seven colours that comic-book printers had to work… Continue reading

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Batman

BBBB (out of 5) Movie screens saw the arrival of the first blockbuster in years when this film was released, and what resulted was a terrific combination of audience-pleasing action film and a… Continue reading

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Edward Scissorhands

BBB.5 (out of 5) Though uneven in story and tone, this enjoyable outsider comedy has a lot of visual brilliance and character poignancy to make it one of Tim Burton’s most notable achievements.… Continue reading

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Batman Returns

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The best of the first four Batman films is this excellent adventure by Tim Burton. It takes the already impressive original and, this time, offers more background to the… Continue reading

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Mars Attacks!

BB.5 (out of 5) Somewhat fun but mostly ponderous exercise in silliness that even Tim Burton’s imaginative camerawork can’t improve. The mammoth cast, including Jack Nicholson (in two roles), Glenn Close and Annette… Continue reading

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Sleepy Hollow

BBBB (out of 5) Deliciously gothic fun from Tim Burton that rivals any of the neo-realized classic horror-story films (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) made up until this point. Johnny Depp is wonderful as… Continue reading

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Planet Of The Apes (2001)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Terrifying and terrific facelift is given to Franklin J. Schaffner’s brilliant 1968 original starring Charlton Heston (who has a great cameo in this one). Mark Wahlberg is the reluctant astronaut… Continue reading

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Big Fish

BBB.5 (out of 5) Billy Crudup goes three years without speaking to his boastful, tall tale-telling father (Albert Finney) before returning to him when he learns that he is terminally ill with cancer.… Continue reading

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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

BBB.5 (out of 5) Roald Dahl’s everlasting children’s book, previously filmed in 1968 with Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, has been turned into another fun, kooky adventure by the… Continue reading

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Corpse Bride

BBB.5 (out of 5) Beautifully animated romantic tale utilizes the same stop motion animation that made The Nightmare Before Christmas so memorable. Taking place in Tim Burton’s accustomed world of gothic delights, the… Continue reading

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Alice In Wonderland (2010)

B (out of 5) Years after she originally fell down the rabbit-hole, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is attending a garden party where she sticks out like a sore thumb. She is nineteen but still… Continue reading

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Dark Shadows

BBB (out of 5) The cult classic television show of 1966 is brought to the big screen with pleasant results by Tim Burton, the master of the toothlessly delightful macabre.  Johnny Depp is a… Continue reading

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